Optimization Services


Biomechanics Assessments

subject with motion sensorsMOTION CAPTURE/GAIT ANALYSIS

Using high-speed motion capture systems and Dartfish, Wendi Weimar, Ph.D., Sports Biomechanics Lab Director, analyzes lower extremity biomechanics, as well as swimming mechanics with underwater equipment.

 

youth baseball pitchingMOTION CAPTURE/THROWING MECHANICS

Gretchen Oliver, Ph.D. and the Sports Medicine and Movement Lab assess upper extremity biomechanics of softball, baseball, golf, and handball throwing, pitching, and swinging to optimize performance and prevent or reduce injuries.

 

Health Analyses

DEXA body composition scanBODY COMPOSITION ANALYSIS

The iDEXA scan provides information on lean mass and fat mass by sectional areas of the body (right leg, left leg, torso, right arm, left arm, etc.) for specific and accurate measurements.

 

V.O.2 max test on treadmillFITNESS, VO2MAX/VELOCITY VO2, & LACTATE THRESHOLD

We can measure the maximum volume of oxygen that an athlete can use, which is a measure of aerobic endurance and can help determine an athlete’s capacity to perform sustained exercise.

 

Physiological Measures

thermal chamberTHERMAL REGULATION & INFRARED IMAGING

The Thermal and Infrared Imaging Lab has a thermal chamber that reaches temperatures of 140 degrees to -40 degrees Fahrenheit, and up to 80% humidity to test performance in different climates and conditions. Director David Pascoe, Ph.D. can determine proper hydration, clothing performance, and gut function.

 

Research subject sitting on ground wearing two, black Normatek compression boots for therapy.GENOTYPING/MUSCLE FIBER TYPING

The DNA sequence of the genetic makeup of a cell determines specific characteristics (phenotype) of that individual, performed by Michael Roberts, Ph.D., Director of the Molecular and Applied Sciences Lab. Roberts also researches NormaTec compression boots utilized by many athletes for recovery.

 

Brain and Muscle Activation

cross section of FMRI scan of brain

BRAIN ACTIVITY (EEG)

An FMRI scan shows brain activity while performing a skill, such as a golf putt, studied by Matt Miller, Ph.D. and his Performance and Exercise Psychophysiology Lab.

 

biodex measuring muscle torqueMUSCLE TORQUE/FATIGUE

The Biodex machine allows us to examine torque, the force that enables our joints to operate like levers and pulleys. Too much torque, however, can lead to injury.

 

 

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